Holiday, Nutcracker, and Pointe!

December was an exciting month of new adventures!   In Ballet class, we had fun by transforming into different beloved characters from the Nutcracker (soldiers, sugar plum fairies, flower girls, rat queens, etc.), and while embodying those characters worked on powerful and graceful technical movements.   We had sissone jumps, bourrees (across and in a circle around the room), waltz steps, strong pirouettes, and arabesques, to name a few.  The dancers enjoyed getting into character, as well as working on strengthening their skills.


A new adventure was that PDC also put on its first Nutcracker production.  Mixing some recreational students, a few competitions students, and our most advanced Pointe dancers, the show was a success.  Beautiful Tchaikovsky, pretty costumes, a colorful backdrop, and staff choreography put together our LAND OF THE SWEETS.


At the end of December, before we went off on Winter Break, I took a few minutes to check in with each of my dancers on how they are doing with the 1-2 goals they had set for themselves at the beginning of the season.  Most reported they were on track, a few even felt good enough to set new goals for the rest of the season.  I welcome you to check in with your dancer about these goals – exciting!


Finally, over Winter Break, the ballet team met to discuss curriculum.  We decided to do monthly short videos to be shared with all staff and students, targeting specific skills that we would like to help our dancers work on and improve before competitions begin.  Please look for the first one coming soon…


Reminder that there are great resources, videos, and tips for your dancer on our website under DANCER’S ONLY = Ballet Training:


Ballet Training


Also, take advantage of Lisa Howell’s “Pointe Range” program we purchased.  Email for login info.


Please reach out to me if you have any further questions, concerns, or just to start up a conversation about any topics that you are interested in and want to know more about.


Thank you for sharing your dancers with us!




Tafat Ostfield

Artistic Ballet Director

Platinum Dance Center